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Data Entry Operator Salary (United States)

A typical Data Entry Operator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.12 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Some workers in this field — close to a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by over one-half. Female Data Entry Operators make up most of the field at 76 percent. Most Data Entry Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Data Entry Operator Salary (?
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$21,578 - $45,274
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Data Entry Operator Salary (?
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$9.13 - $16.45
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,578 - $45,274  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,452  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $1,523  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,287 - $38,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.13 - $16.45  
   
Overtime
$12.23 - $24.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,452  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $1,523  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,287 - $38,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 454
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Job Description for Data Entry Operator

Data Entry Operators transcribe data from various sources and documents and enter data into an online computer system via a PC. Operators will utilize the data to create and update databases. Roles will include operating a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records and maintaining a daily count of all claims processes. Data Entry Operators should be detail-oriented and be able to enter data quickly with minimal errors. Editing skills are required. Operators will need to be able to check over work quickly and correct any errors found in their work. Data Entry Operators should able to input between 8,000 and 10,000 keystrokes per hour. Familiarity with computers and computer systems is a plus, particularly spreadsheet and data entry software.
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Data Entry Operator Tasks
  • Receive all documents and enter the data into the on-line system on the PC.
  • Operate a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records.
  • Create and update databases.
  • Maintain a daily count of all claims processed.

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Operator

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Though not the most common occurrence, Data Entry Operators sometimes become Office Managers, where the average income is $38K per year. Typical career progression for a Data Entry Operator involves becoming an Administrative Assistant or a Data Entry Specialist, roles that pay $4K more and $2K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Operator

Data Entry Operators who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Data Entry, Typing, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service. Those educated in Data Entry tend to be well versed in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Data Entry Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $25K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $27K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $29K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $30K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, more than half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining close to an eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$26,000
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Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Data Entry Operators, 18 percent higher than the national average. Data Entry Operators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+10 percent) and Houston (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 2 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Data Entry Operator Salaries

Data Entry
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Typing
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National Average
$26,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 32%